My sculptures are 3-dimensional collages. In these assemblages I combine different parts that play with contrasting materials — ceramic and fiber, smooth and rough, hard and soft. Most of the pieces also combine different kinds of beings. I love the idea of blending human and animal forms, for example a piece with a human and a bird leg. We are all connected.
I create, knit, crochet, sew, needle felt, hand build (stoneware and porcelain), and glaze all the parts. I enjoy working with clay and love glazing the ceramic pieces, and I very much enjoy the crafting aspect such as knitting and sewing. These, what are considered women's crafts, have always been a big part in my life and I am excited that I found a way to include the traditional fiber crafts into my sculptures. For fabrics I like to use repurposed antique tea towels and linens that I often dye with tea, coffee, or plant materials. I welcome the idea of including traditional crafts and materials in what we consider fine arts. Some of the inspiration I find in the carnival culture, which has been a big part in my life growing up and later when I was living in New Orleans.
ceramic, porcelain, felted wool, crocheted cotton thread, silk fabric, up-cycled lampshade
ceramic, crocheted thread, felted wool, canvas, acrylic paint, steel wire, up-cycled lampshade
ceramic, porcelain, crocheted cotton thread, antique tea and turmeric dyed fabric, glass beads, felted wool, up-cycled lamp shade
ceramic, embroidery thread and screen, felted wool, paper, acrylic paint, in wooden box frame
ceramic, crocheted thread, glass and aquamarine bead, felted wool, canvas and acrylic paint
crocheted and onion dyed cotton thread, porcelain, felted wool, in wooden box frame
Crocheted and onion skin dyed cotton thread, ceramic, felted wool, in wooden box frame
Porcelain, crocheted and onion skin dyed cotton thread, felted wool, steel wire, tulle, in wooden box frame